Along with agencies across the nation, the Brea Police Department is recognizing National Police Week, May 14-May 20. On May 15, Chief of Police Jack Conklin presided over a ceremony marking the National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which included lowering the American Flag at the
Civic & Cultural Center to half-staff as a tribute to fallen officers.
The ceremony honored all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In particular, the Brea Police Department honored Officer Danny Valenzuela and Detective Terry Finch, who died serving the Brea Community over 20 years ago. A wreath has been placed at their Memorial at the base of the American Flag.
Representing Brea, five of our officers attended the California State Police Officer Memorial Remembrance Ceremonies held earlier this month in Sacramento.
Additionally, Brea businesses have stepped forward to thank our officers this week. They include Starbucks, The Cheescake Factory, California Pizza kitchen, Mendocino Farms, Fratellino’s, Bj’s, Panera, Total Wine and Reborn Coffee. What great community support!
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week, recognizes those law enforcement professionals who have lost their lives serving their communities and their country.